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A Cure for the Common Cold

by MashPotato

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File size: 4 MB
Downloaded: 43,358 times
Graphics: 640x480, 32-bit color
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Release Date:
13 Jan 2007
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Short Game (can be completed within 30 minutes)
Short Game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium Length Game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
Full Length Game As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic
Non-Adventure Game Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!
Joke Game You know when it fits this category ;)
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Content Advisory:
Bad LanguageNone
ViolenceOccasional, mild


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About this game

After spending years as a starving artist, you've managed to catch the eye
of an influential gallery director. The problem: he wants to see some new
work, and you've got a terrible cold that is draining your creativity.
You'd better find a cure for the common cold--and fast!

Brought to you by Team Strange Potato! :)
An Italian version is now available, thanks to Cinfa :)

AGS Awards Nominations

Nominated, Best Character Art 2007

Nominated, Best Short Game 2007

26 people commented on this game (newest first):

A great, well though-out micro game with very good puzzles and great humor. Bravo!
2018-05-03 13:58:38 by ZeebaEata
Fun game, visually it's very nice. Had me stuck for about 10 mins but then find what I needed and felt like a tit for not seeing it earlier =p enjoyed it though!
2010-09-15 12:35:27 by PurpleNurple
It's lovely!
2010-06-01 03:39:53 by Josh (spaceoddity)
Fantastic little game! The humour was great and for only containing two rooms it did make you think a bit. Congrats!
2009-09-25 00:03:27 by Justin (I_Splinter)
Moving the coins to an empty area of the counter wwould make this game dang near perfect.
2009-06-21 22:34:36 by grydwrd
Lovely drawings, an adorable character and a bit of AG cliché in the form of pixel hunting and strange inventory puzzles (eheheh).
2009-01-08 21:28:22 by bicilotti
A great, feel-good kind of game. I really enjoyed it!
2008-12-11 11:41:33 by Bulbapuck
Really liked this fun little game ! Good puzzles, not too hard or too easy, and very good-looking graphics.
2008-11-08 22:30:00 by Marion
Short, sweet, and to the point. I loved the music and the diologue was pretty clever. It was really short though but I do believe a longer, more challenging sequel is in order.
2008-10-25 05:59:54 by Matt (Commander_Squiggles)
Not an award winner, but I do feel you are possibly missing out if you haven't played this one yet.

I did find this game rather amusing, with nice puzzles, a good combination for a good game.
2008-09-01 20:49:50 by Andy
I felt very immersed in this game. You really felt bad for the dude - he was so pathetic and you really wanted him to get better. A fun short game. I didn't feel cheated out of my time for downloading and playing this that's for sure. :)
2008-07-05 17:41:50 by Pixelblink (pixelblink)
The puzzles weren't very hard, probably just about the right difficulty, except the $2 of coins being hard to see. The story was bland but the humor had its moments. The game isn't outstanding but I felt it was worth playing and the length suited the idea well.
2008-05-23 20:14:04 by Dharma_and_Greg#1fan
Funny! A bit too easy, but nice for a short game.

Could have scored higher if there were more animations.
2007-11-21 21:55:12 by Jimmy Shelter (JimmyShelter)
I didn't find it funny at all, in fact it was kind of boring. The graphics are okay but the main character is not compelling at all.
2007-11-04 12:52:23 by Blurble (Radiant)
A very good, funny, short game.
2007-10-12 06:50:17 by Pat (MilkAndCheese)
One of the best short-length ags games I have played. Amazing graphics and lovable main character. Puzzles are fairly easy but it doesn't matter because they all make sense and that should really be the point. I agree with the comment about the black screen being overused, howver.
2007-10-05 21:56:21 by uvaagsfan
very nice graphics, the puzzles were good and the monologues were pure genius. brilliant!
2007-06-02 22:46:05 by hagg
Very awesome game - charming, witty, aesthetically pleasing... Also, adorable main character!
2007-03-18 07:49:19 by Aurelia Wang (Exrael)
A very nice short game, the graphics are cute and the interface is simple. A must play when you got the time. Well Done MASH!
2007-03-12 17:22:33 by Afflict (Fmarais)
The graphics were quite nice, even if the black screen (to compensate for the absence of an animation, I suppose) was too much used in my opinion.
The game has no surprises but it does its job quite well, and the puzzles are alright (maybe a bit on the easy and unoriginal side).
Nevertheless, I feel it is way superior to most short games, so I can just recommend it!
2007-02-11 10:59:11 by FlyingMandarine
I liked it and thought graphics were pretty good!
2007-02-07 07:42:54 by desimaui
This is incredibly charming.
2007-01-28 18:41:41 by Krantz
A Cure for the Common Cold is a simple, two room quest for the necessary items to minimise the suffering of a cold victim. It's nicely put together with some attractive backgrounds and puzzles that will challenge you without have you pulling your hair out in frustration. Everything is pretty logical.

What makes A Cure for the Common Cold so good is its brilliantly witty script, a cynical observational monologue of poverty, depression and apathy with could not be more funny. I particularly like the final punchline, which really left me smiling.

A Cure for the Common Cold is a great game for anyone who has ever lived the the cliched squalor of a student apartment. If you never have, I recommend you play it anyway as you'll still find plenty to chuckle about.
2007-01-27 14:33:40 by madmanmunt
Great game!
2007-01-18 18:31:53 by Jane (jane)
Short, but sweet.
2007-01-15 17:50:51 by David O'connor (shoeshinecs)
Very short, very nice.
2007-01-15 13:08:17 by egalotron
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